Episode #58 - Hosts Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle welcome social media sensation Bette Reynolds, also known as Granny Reynolds to the Green Bench. Bette shares her journey into the world of social media, which was influenced by her son, Stuart, a.k.a. Brittlestar. With her humor and wisdom, Granny Reynolds has become a favorite among viewers. Tune in to hear Bette's story and enjoy a podcast filled with laughter and insights.
Bette Reynolds Social Media TikTok (@BetteReynolds) Instagram (@grannyreynolds) X (@reynolds_bette) Threads (@grannyreynolds)
Granny Reynolds encourages older individuals to embrace social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram, emphasizing the potential for new opportunities and interests. While acknowledging that not everyone may be accepting of this change, she believes that by showing older individuals how to navigate these platforms in the simplest way, it can be a transformative experience. Engaging with social media allows older individuals to break out of their own little bubble and explore a wide range of interesting content and subjects.
She emphasizes that social media is not exclusively for young people, highlighting the valuable knowledge and experiences that older individuals have to offer. They suggest that older individuals should not be afraid to try social media platforms, even if they initially feel like they might be making a fool of themselves. The key is to keep trying and learning until they become comfortable with using these platforms.
Bette shares her personal experience of using social media as a means to connect with her grandchildren. Initially finding her social media postings amusing, the grandchildren now proudly share them with their friends. This highlights the potential for social media to bridge the generational gap and allow older individuals to communicate and connect with younger family members in a meaningful way.
Overall, this episode emphasizes the benefits of encouraging older individuals to use social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram. By embracing these platforms, older individuals can open themselves up to new interests, connect with others, and share their own unique perspectives and experiences.
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